The Central government had sought clarity from the State on the Polavaram Project. The Union Jal Sakthi Ministry and the office of the Prime Minister have written letters to the State Water Resources Department seeking clarity on the changes made by the present government in the Polavaram Project. However, as there was no response from the State, the Prime Minister Office had sent a reminder on Monday seeking clarity in next two days. However, sources say that Water Resources principal secretary Adityanath Das had sought some time to reply to the letter as the officials were unavailable due to holidays.
The PMO had recalled that the State government had presented different view to the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) in January 2018 from the view presented now. The PMO sought clarity on the change of the stand by the government in dealing with the contractors. Why was the original contractor (Transtroy) was removed and the works were assigned to the new contractor (Navayuga) by the (TDP) government and why the new contractor is now dropped and the (YSRCP) government is going for the tenders are the major questions that the PMO is asking. It is easy for anyone to understand that the change of the government is the reason for the change of the policy.
The State government is in possession of the expert committee report on the project and the government had already gone for the retenders. The State is standing firm on its decision of retenders despite the resistance from the contractors and the opposition Telugu Desam Party, to which the contractors have indirect connections. BJP MP and former minister Y S Chowdary is up in arms against the State government for dropping Navayuga from the Polavaram Project. Sources say that Union Minister Nitin Gadkhar, who was once the water resources minister, too is closely connected with the Navayuga and it is these connections that were forcing the PMO to write to the State.
However, it is to be seen how the State government would respond this time as the PMO had fixed deadline for the reply.